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    Happy Holidays from Chicago (but always a Michigander at heart!)

    Hello all,
    I am new around here and thought I'd introduce my planning self
    I'm originally from Michigan, but now living in Chicago.
    I graduated from the planning program at EMU, moved to Chicago after graduation and did transportation planning for a few years. Transportation planning was not my thing, so I moved into a municipal planning job about 3.5 years ago. I am currently a planner for a Chicago 'burb.
    In May, I finally graduated from the UIC MUPP program, after 4(!) years of night classes part time.
    ...I have been reading the forums for a while now, and I hope to be able to reciprocate just a fraction of the good information I've gotten so far
    ...I like to think of myself as an "optimistic cynic" who loves the work she does, but doesn't always love who she does the work for Maybe some of you in municipal planning who have dealt with some difficult residents can relate?

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    Yet another Chicagolander...alright! Welcome from a lifelong northwest suburbanite!

    I believe we have another ex-Michigan Chicagolander or two around these boards somewhere.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
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    Welcome from the Florida panhandle.

    Quote Originally posted by jillianjiggs View post
    ...[snip]....Maybe some of you in municipal planning who have dealt with some difficult residents can relate?
    You're kidding, right? Story of this public sector planner's life.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State along the Ohio River.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Welcome from a fellow Chicagoan and a UIC MUPP student.

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Welcome from another native Michigander here in Chicagoland!!.

    Are you an economic refugee like my wife and I?
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Greetings from a Michigander living in sunny Arizona!
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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman View post

    Are you an economic refugee like my wife and I?
    Ha! Well, sort of...I wasn't having much luck finding full-time employment in Michigan around the time I graduated. Plus, I wanted to do the big city planning thing, and while Detroit probably needs more planners than anywhere else, I hate driving, and wanted to go somewhere with a good transit system. Not really an option for the motor city.
    I'm not exactly doing the big-city-planning thing here in the 'burbs, but I'd like to think I'm working on some interesting stuff. That is, when I'm not called to the counter to hear complaints about neighbors "leaving tire prints over my parkway snow". No, I'm not joking, that has come up here before

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Welcome from the Hoosier State along the Ohio River.
    What he said, 'cept I'm in one time zone to the east.

    Thanks for registering and feel free to join in the forums.
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    welcome from downeast Maine!

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    welcome

    Welcome from a new UIC MUPP student. Happy Holidays!

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    hello from the northwest suburbs of chicago.

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    Welcome from a Bear hunkered-down in NW Ohio, just a stone throw from Meeeshigan and a longer toss from "The Windy". Nice to have you here.

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    Quote Originally posted by jillianjiggs View post
    Hello all,
    I am new around here and thought I'd introduce my planning self...I graduated from the planning program at EMU, moved to Chicago after graduation and did transportation planning for a few years. ...moved into a municipal planning job about 3.5 years ago. ...
    Lessee...[takes off shoes]...
    were we in the same Rivertown DDA class of Norm's in 2001?
    I only attended EMU for a few classes, and am very glad that I am no longer affiliated with the place. Talk about bad decisions! (GR's paper has full coverage of the murdered student case.)

    Welcome to Cyburbia. It's addictive (she typed on Saturday morning).

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Lessee...[takes off shoes]...
    were we in the same Rivertown DDA class of Norm's in 2001?
    I only attended EMU for a few classes, and am very glad that I am no longer affiliated with the place. Talk about bad decisions! (GR's paper has full coverage of the murdered student case.)
    Hmmmm....it's entirely possible we were in the same Rivertown class...I did take that course. Let's see...I remember someone bringing up the regulation of cell phone towers, people pushing to put a parking garage across the river...any of that ring a bell? I'd have been the shy undergrad in a class full of grad students. I don't think I talked too much in that class...

    ...as for the murderous scandals in the news: SCARY! Although, I sort of always felt like the planning program kept itself relatively separate from the larger EMU community (the student club took a while to be recognized officially, the professors sent us to Ann Arbor to do research, etc.). Not that you can truly separate yourself from things like that, but it was sort of this enclave of students in the ugliest building on campus- Strong Hall!

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    Welcome from Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Also a transplant from Michigan!

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    Quote Originally posted by jillianjiggs View post
    That is, when I'm not called to the counter to hear complaints about neighbors "leaving tire prints over my parkway snow". No, I'm not joking, that has come up here before
    Y'know, it's stories like these that I loved reading in the forums when I was doing my lurking. I once ended up working for a housing association (principal's prerogative) as a consultant: never again! .

    Homeowners are tough to work with!

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    hello

    Welcome from yet another planner from Michigan and recently moved to Chicago

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    Hello from NYC!

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